CTVA US Comedy - "My Friend Irma" (CBS) (1952-54) starring Marie Wilson

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My Friend Irma (1952-53)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Jim Brent
references:
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MY FRIEND IRMA
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CBS Production
for
CBS (Tuesdays)(season 1, 08Jan1952 -)
CBS (Fridays 8:30 pm EST)(season 2, 1952-53)
CBS (Fridays 10:00 pm EST)(season 3, 1953-54)
based on the 1949 film "My Friend Irma"
and the 1950 film "My Friend Irma Goes West"
Produced by Nat Perrin, Cy Howard,
Directed by Richard Whorf
US Comedy series 1952-54 70 approx episodes x 30 min bw
08Jan52 - 25Jun54
starring
Marie Wilson
as Irma Peterson (also in the 1949 and 1950 films)
seasons 1 & 2 support cast:
Cathy Lewis as Jane Stacy (1952-1953)
Gloria Gordon as Mrs. O'Reilly, proprietor of the boarding house (1952-54)
Sig Arno as Professor Kropotkin (1952-1953)
Sid Tomack as Al, Irma's boyfriend (1952-1953)
Brooks West as Richard Rhinelander, III, Janes's wealthy boyfriend (1952-1953)
Margaret Dumont as Mrs. Rhinelander, Richard's mother (1952-1953)
Don MacBride as Milton J. Clyde, Irma's boss (1952-54)(season1, 2, & 3)
season 3 support cast:
Mary Shipp as Kay Foster, Irma's new roommate (1953-1954) (replaced Cathy Lewis)
Hal March as Joe Vance, Irma's new boyfriend (1953-1954) (replaced Sid Tomack)
Richard Eyer as Bobby Peterson, Irma's young nephew (1953-1954)
John Carradine as Mr. Corday, Irma's new neighbor, an actor (1953-1954)
Gloria Gordon as Mrs. O'Reilly proprietor of the boarding house (1952-54)
Donald MacBride as Milton J. Clyde, Irma's boss (1952-54)(seasons 1,2,3)
Gerald Mohr as Brad Jackson (season?)
 
Premise:
Irma Peterson was the typical dumb blonde secretary living with a roommate,
Jane Stacy, in a run-down Manhattan apartment run by Mrs. O'Reilly. A
neighbor was nutty Professor Kropotkin. Jane's boss and boyfriend was
millionaire Richard Rhinelander III.
During the second season, Jane Stacy moved to Panama and Kay Foster moved
in with Irma; Irma's 7-year-old nephew Bobby also moved in. Irma also
acquired a new boyfriend, Joe Vance, and a new neighbor, Mr. Corday, an
actor.
############## My Friend Irma ###############
############## season 1 early 1952 ###########
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CBS Tuesdays - time slot not known
release date 08Jan52
NO EPISODE DETAILS

############## My Friend Irma ###############
############## season 2 1952-53 ##############
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CBS Fridays 8:30 pm Eastern

17Oct52
Al muscles in on a wrestling benefit Jane is staging. [JB]

24Oct52
A puppy named Alice causes more confusion than ever for Irma. [JB]

31Oct52
Irma is mistakenly nominated for Congress, and finds her opponent to be
her boss. [JB]

07Nov52
Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. Stacey believe Irma's tales of prosperity and visit
the girls. [JB]

14Nov52
Irma and Jane try to get a job for Al. [JB]

21Nov52
Irma's aunt sends the girls a live turkey for Thanksgiving, but they become so
fond of the bird, they can't bear to kill it. [JB]

28Nov52
Irma upsets a mechanical brain. [JB]

05Dec52
Irma gets fired but turns the tables on Mr. Clyde and goes back to work. [JB]

12Dec52
Mr. Clyde's young nephew visits Irma and Jane, and provides much action. [JB]

19Dec52 - no details

26Dec52
Irma falls into the role of a New Year's Eve Cinderella and becomes the
belle of the ball. [JB]

02Jan53
Irma's friend Al comes upon an abandoned trunk containing an ancient battle
helmet. Irma tries on the helmet and finds she's stuck with it. [JB]

09Jan53
Irma turns playwright. [JB]

2.xx [--] My Friend Irma: THE CLOCK STORY
16Jan53 CBS Fri
Irma and her friends try to replace a grandfather's clock which they have
sold. [JB]

23Jan53
Jane plans an engagement party for Irma but Al loses the ring. [JB]

30Jan53
Irma uses a clients' rare stamp in sending out the office mail. [JB]

06Feb53
When her beau, Al, becomes the theatrical manager of a French ballerina.
Irma takes up the ballet. [JB]

13Feb53
Mrs. O'Reilly meets her dream man in the market. Irma and Jane play cupid
after getting the lowdown. [JB]

20Feb53 - no details
27Feb53 - no details


06Mar53
Irma and Jane help their landlady. [JB]

13Mar53 - no details

20Mar53
Irma and Jane open a dress shop and nearly lose their investment when Irma
sells a $600 Paris creation to a customer for $18. [JB]

27Mar53
Irma and Jane try to expand their dress shop when a fire breaks out. [JB]

03Apr53
Mrs. O'Reilly gets fired and Irma and Jane take her under their wing. [JB]

10Apr53
Irma and Jane try to help a violinist get into the Philharmonic Orchestra. [JB]
Note see 17Apr53

17Apr53
Irma and Jane try to help a violinist get into the Philharmonic Orchestra. [JB]
Postponed from 10Apr53

24Apr53
Irma's attempt to help her boss out of a financial difficulty causes trouble
with the bar association. [JB]

01May53
Irma and Jane join Richard on a weekend fishing trip. [JB]

08May53
A fortuneteller predicts that Irma will soon get married and Al promptly
proposes-when his uncle offers the happy pair a big cash wedding gift. [JB]

15May53
Irma breaks out in a rash and changes her personality. [JB]

22May53
Jane is robbed of her engagement present, an heirloom bracelet of rubies,
and all pitch in to find the burglar. [JB]

29May53
Irma and Jane visit the Peterson home in Minnesota and save Irma's old
schoolteacher's job as principal. [JB]

05Jun53
Irma and Jane buy a summerhouse at the beach. [JB]

12Jun53
Irma and Jane check the ads for a place to spend their weekends but they
come up with a decision which leaves them quite at sea. [JB]

19Jun53
Irma and Al wreck Richard's new car, thereby causing Jane and Richard to
split up. [JB]

26Jun53
Irma and Jane visit Al, who is working in Las Vegas, and the many complications
that arise are finally solved with a bit of good luck. [JB]
(Last show of the season, next week "Man Against Crime" takes over.)

############## My Friend Irma ###############
############## season 3 1953-54 ##############
############### (final season) ###############
CBS Fridays 10:00 pm Eastern

02Oct53
Note: First show of the season, no synopsis.

09Oct53
Irma's little nephew, Bobby, comes to live with Irma and her roommate, Kay Foster. [JB]

16Oct53 - no details

23Oct53
Irma takes Bobby's "Little Woodsmen" group camping. [JB]

30Oct53
Irma decides to end it all when she discovers her nephew is teased about his "dumb aunt." [JB]

06Nov53
Irma accepts proposals from three different men at once. [JB]

3.xx [--] My Friend Irma: IRMA PLAYS CUPID
13Nov53 CBS Fri
When Richard Rhinelander gets engaged to a fortune hunter, Irma gets a fellow to
pretend he is a millionaire and snatch the gal away. [JB]

20Nov53
Irma turns fight manager when she "manages" one of the fathers taking part in a
special match being staged by the boys' club. [JB]

27Nov53
Irma sees a veterinarian's report on Bobby's dog, and mistakes it for a physician's
report on Kay. [JB]

04Dec53 - no details

11Dec53
Bobby tries to serve a jar of insects at Irma's and Kay's dinner party for two
bachelors. [JB]

18Dec53
Irma receives an engagement ring from Joe, but returns it to him. [JB]

25Dec53 - no details
01Jan54 - no details
08Jan54 - no details
15Jan54 - no details

22Jan54
Irma loses her job. [JB]

29Jan54 - no details

05Feb54
Irma announces her sudden engagement to Joe. [JB]

12Feb54
Irma decides to marry Al. [JB]

19Feb54
It's an unhappy day for Irma when Al and Joe stop battling over her hand in marriage,
each politely declaring that the other deserves her more. [JB]

26Feb54
Through Irma's blundering the president of The Better Government League falls into
the hands of mobsters. [JB]

05Mar54
The kindly Irma slips into the newspaper a "letter from the kitten asking for a home,"
rather than turn the stray kitten over to the pound. [JB]

12Mar54
Irma uses the office furniture to help out a ham actor. [JB]

19Mar54
Neither Kay nor the decorator is happy when Irma contributes a wagon wheel and an
old-fashioned butter churn to the redecoration of their apartment. [JB]
26Mar54
Joe's ring goes down the drain. [JB]

02Apr54 - no details

09Apr54
Kay and Brad elope. But when the judge asks if anyone knows any reason why the
two shouldn't be joined in matrimony, Irma speaks up. [JB]

16Apr54
Irma in a "nature mood" decides to prevent the city from chopping down the tree
in front of her apartment. To win her battle she camps on the street in front
of the tree. [JB]

3.xx [--] My Friend Irma: TEACHING THE BOYS A LESSON
23Apr54 CBS Fri
Irma and Kay are having a dull time at a resort, so they make blind dates with a
couple of "older" men. Are they surprised! [JB]

30Apr54
Irma decides to marry her childhood sweetheart, but another fellow appears on the scene.

3.xx [--] My Friend Irma: UNCLE FRANK COMES TO TOWN
07May54 CBS Fri
Uncle Frank comes to town and promises niece Irma and Kay a new car if he sells his
latest invention. [JB]

14May54
Both Al and Chuck offer Irma an engagement ring. But the strain of choosing is too
much for Irma. Mr. Clyde suggests she visit a psychiatrist, and she does.

21May54 - no details

28May54
Irma bakes a cake for the sweet little old lady who moves in next door. The old
lady turns out to be a bookie who donates all her earnings to worthy causes.

04Jun54
Kay is expecting a big legacy from her Aunt Emma, so she and Irma proceed to spend
it before they get it.

11Jun54
Al brings a former school chum of Irma's to dinner. The lady is now a famous singer.
Irma decides to take voice lessons so she can offer some competition for Al's affections.

18Jun54 - no details

3.xx [--] My Friend Irma: PROBLEM CHILD
25Jun54 CBS Fri
Problem child is what Irma's nephew Bobby turns out to be. Irma and Kay don't
realize that his strange behavior occurs because he's trying to raise money to
get Kay a birthday present. [JB]  (Final show of the series.)

############## My Friend Irma ###############
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